A man who was strangled, packed into a bag and ditched in a roadside trash pile over the weekend, may have been murdered for his Toyota Camry, police said Monday.
The body of Srun Sopheak, 35, was discovered in the trash pile on Saturday morning along Street 371 in Sen Sok district’s Toek Thla commune. A medical examination of the body concluded he was strangled to death.
Mak Hong, Sen Sok district police chief, said Monday that Srun Sopheak’s Toyota Camry was missing and presumed stolen.
“We concluded that it is a robbery case because the belongings of the victim were stolen,” he said. “Our police are investigating to find the perpetrator.”
The body of Srun Sopheak, who worked in the garment industry as a paperwork runner, according to his family, was found with ink stains on his right thumb and only a pair of black shorts on his body, police said.
Sok Sophal, Toek Thla commune police chief, declined to discuss Srun Sopheak’s background or other details of the case Monday.
“We don’t know what are the motives behind this case and we are still working on this,” he said.
Phnom Penh penal police chief Eng Sorphea said his officers were cooperating with municipal military police on the case and that there were “some clues” pointing toward possible suspects.
Choun Dany, 31, a cousin of Srun Sopheak, said that he left their home in Meanchey district’s Chak Angre Loeu commune on Friday night to attend a wedding.
“He left home on Friday evening to join a wedding party and he did not return,” she said. “We did not suspect anything had happened to him because sometimes he spent nights away from the house.”
Ms. Dany, who said Srun Sopheak delivered documents for a number of garment factories, added that her cousin did not have any ink on his thumb when he left their home.
“I dare not draw any conclusions because we don’t know what problems he had,” she said.